Peter Arndell

I was born in 1960 at Parramatta hospital 
& raised in the western suburbs of Sydney.

I didn't come from a musical family, 
but have always enjoyed listening to music.

My father was a truck driver for a civil engineering contractor,
transporting heavy machinery from site to site.  

I left school in 1976 & started an apprenticeship as a Plant Mechanic.

I bought an electric guitar & a small amplifier soon after.

I attended guitar lessons in the evenings whenever I could.

I was originally influenced by Led Zeppelin
& then later on by Neil Young.

I also found a lot of inspiration in the early days from ...

Al Stewart
Alice Cooper
Atlanta Rhythm Section
Bad Company
Black Sabbath
Blind Faith
Bonnie Raitt
Buffalo Springfield
Carole King
Cat Stevens
Crazy Horse
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Dan Fogelberg
David Bowie
Deep Purple
Don McLean
Elton John
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emmylou Harris
Eric Clapton
Fleetwood Mac
Glen Campbell
Jackson Browne
James Taylor
Joe Walsh
John Denver
Johnny Winter
Joni Mitchell
Linda Ronstadt
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Mahogany Rush
Peter Frampton
Pink Floyd
Robin Trower
Rod Stewart
Roy Buchanan
Seals & Crofts
Simon & Garfunkel
Steely Dan
Stephen Stills
Ted Nugent
Ten Years After
The Allman Brothers Band
The Doobie Brothers
The Rolling Stones
The Who
Thin Lizzy
Uriah Heep
ZZ Top.

I formed my first band in 1980.

I finished my apprenticeship & spent a number of years in the field 
maintaining heavy machinery on a civil engineering site. 

I had a work accident in the mid '80s
that made me re think my future.

I decided to put my Plant Mechanic career on hold
& try my hand in the music industry.

I worked various day jobs in the beginning
to help make the transition.

I honed my skills in various rock bands for the next few years.

I did countless gigs throughout the late ‘80s & early ‘90s.

I was listening during this period to a lot of jazz & blues music by ...

Albert Collins
Allan Holdsworth
Anson Funderburgh
B.B. King
Danny Gatton
Duke Robillard
Emily Remler
Frank Gambale
Jeff Golub
Jimmy Bruno
Joe Satriani
John Scofield
Larry Carlton
Larry Coryell
Lee Ritenour
Mark Whitfield
Martin Taylor
Mike Stern
Pat Metheny
Peter Green
Robben Ford
Robert Cray
Ronnie Earl
Scott Henderson
Steve Khan
Steve Vai
Stevie Ray Vaughan
The Fabulous Thunderbirds
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Tinsley Ellis
Wes Montgomery.

I played guitar with blues band Smokestack Lightning.

I performed & recorded at radio station 2MBS FM in Sydney.

I backed jazz / blues vocalist Rod Jeffery.

I was guitarist in the Sydney Blues Society house band
performing with members of ...

Black Cat Moan
Bondi Cigars
Crosscut Saw
Foreday Riders
Mighty Reapers
Mungo Jerry
Night Flight
Ray Beadle Band
The King Bees
The Layabouts
The Mal Eastick Band.

I freelanced in many bands throughout Sydney.

I started teaching guitar in the early ‘90s.

I founded The School Of Contemporary Guitar in 1995
& held clinics, workshops & concerts
with a long list of local & international guitar greats.

I hosted events with local guitarists such as ...

Bruce Reid
Dave Leslie
Ian Moss
Jack Jones
James Muller
Mal Eastick
Peter Northcote
Phil Emmanuel
Ray Beadle
Rex Goh
Rick Brewster
Rod McCormack
Simon Hosford
Simon Patterson
Steve Edmonds
Steve McKenna
Stuart Fraser
Stuart French
Terry Murray
Tim Rollinson

& international guitarists such as ...

Buzz Feiten
Ben Butler
Frank Gambale
Mike Stern
Tommy Emmanuel.

I founded Oz Guitar in the year 2000
& since then have taught 1,000s of students
to learn how to play the guitar.

I developed all the curriculum at Oz Guitar.

I composed jamtracks that has been used by students worldwide.

I have transcribed music from a long list of bands & artists.

I am listening to a lot of song based music at this time such as ...

3 Doors Down
Alter Bridge
Avril Lavigne
Black Stone Cherry
Carrie Underwood
Chantal Kreviazuk
Colbie Caillat
Dixie Chicks
Foo Fighters
Francesca Battistelli
Good Charlotte
Green Day
Jason Mraz
John Mayer
Jonatha Brooke
Keith Urban
Linkin Park
Lisa Loeb
Michelle Branch
Miranda Lambert
Norah Jones
Shawn Colvin
Sheryl Crow
The Band Perry
The Weepies
Theory Of A Deadman
Three Days Grace
Vanessa Carlton.

I can now play guitar in a wide variety of styles that include ...


I received many pleasing comments during my career
from some of the most respected artists & educators
in contemporary music.

I have gathered praise from music artists such as ...

Aimee Allen
Chloë Leighton
Elliott Randall
Gabriella Cilmi
Gregg Allman
Jordyn Taylor
Kamilah Marshall
Liz Longley
Montana Tucker
Orianthi Panagaris
Pixie Lott
Seymour Duncan
Stephen Housden
Suzi Ragsdale
Tom Principato
& music educators such as ...

Andrea Morucci
Bridget Mermikides
Dale Turner
Doug Ross
Flávio Gutok
Jude Gold
Michael Fath
Tom Kolb.